News and Happenings

Congratulations to Hadley Wardlaw’s grandson.

San Angelo Central QB McIvor receives first SEC offer! Read the full story.

Hubbard inks deal to sell Ruidoso.

Longtime member and two time President enjoying his 100th win! Congratulations!!


Big Day at Remington

Ruidoso Jockey Club members Mike Robbins and Christine Hudson had a big day at Oklahoma City’s Remington Park on May 22.Christine’s three-year-old filly GETTING EVEN won the $48,600 Merial Remington Distaff Challenge G3 by a full length. Robbins and Hudson plan to run GETTING EVEN in the trials for the Rainbow Derby G1 and the All American Derby G1 later this summer. The win in the race at Remington qualifies GETTING EVEN for the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship G1 that will be run on October 29 at Los Alamitos. Ruidoso Jockey Club member Johnny Trotter ran second in the Remington Park race with his multiple stakes placed four-year-old mare EYESA GOOD ONE. GETTING EVEN is sired by the Trotter-bred Champion and leading sire ONE FAMOUS EAGLE $1,1,387,453, whose runners include 2012 All American Futurity G1 winner and World Champion ONE DASHING EAGLE $2,079,065. GETTING EVEN’s dam is 1991 Ruidoso Futurity G1 winner DASH MASTER MISS $249,430, who is the dam of seven stakes winners including Rainbow Derby G1 winner and All American Gold Cup winner SIGNIFICANT SPEED $517,605. SIGNIFICANT SPEED is the dam of Ruidoso Futurity winner JESS SIGNIFICANT $419,635.

Mike  Christine

Mike Robbins and Christine Hudson


Big Deal in Dubai

If you didn’t see California Chrome’s performance in the Dubai World Cup on March 26, you missed one of the most impressive horse races ever run anywhere.

Mike and Linda Stinson of Fort Worth bought a share in California Chrome a few months ago and were in Dubai for the big race and took this picture of the five-year-old stallion in a workout prior to the big race. The Los Alamitos based California Chrome has now earned $12,532,650 . . . more than any North American horse ever. The Stinsons, who are long-time members of the Ruidoso Jockey Club and miss very few race days there, were partners in the undefeated 19-time winner Peppers Pride $1,065,085 who now resides at Taylor Made Farm in Kentucky.

Taylor Made became partners in California Chrome last year when they purchased Steve Coburn’s interest in the horse that will eventually stand at Taylor Made. As a result of Peppers Pride being at Taylor Made, the Stinsons bought a share in California Chrome. In a note to TRACK Magazine, Mike said, “Having been in the horse business for 40 years, this was the thrill of a lifetime. You know I’ve been a lucky boy. Best partner in the world, super kids and grandkids. Lost my fanny in 1990 and survived it. God has blessed us all in lots of terrific ways!

SonnyHendersonHenderson Has a Big Runner

Long-time Ruidoso Jockey Club member Sonny Henderson of Odessa, Texas, has a horse that is a hopeful for this year’s Kentucky Derby G1. Henderson, a long-time prominent breeder of both racing American Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds, won February’s Southwest Stakes G3 at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas with Suddenbreakingnews, a $470,032 earner who then on March 19 was fifth in the $900,000 Rebel Stakes G3. With earnings of $327,000 this year, Henderson’s Suddenbreakingnews was the nation’s No. 8 money earning Thoroughbred of 2016 through March 21. The next appearance for Suddenbreakingnews could be in the $1 million guaranteed Arkansas Derby G1 on April 16. Anoilman and rancher, Sonny has bred and raced horses for some five decades. He raced 1975 Champion Three-Year-Old Gelding Jet Commanche. He bred and raced Bartendress, the 1983 Champion Three-Year-Old Filly that earned more than $450,000. A former college athlete with degrees from both Texas Christian University and Southern Methodist University, Sonny has a rich history in horse breeding. He is the breeder of the New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred mare Trippy Dip, who is one of only three mares in the history of the American Quarter Horse Association to produce three Champions (Florentine, Calyx and Ive Been Blessed). Trippy Dip is also the granddam of Champion and leading sire This Snow Is Royal $554,748 and 440-yard world record setter Evening Snow $567,117. From that same female family Henderson bred the Graded Stakes Winner Matching $532,263. Matching is the second dam of Cartels Last Straw $142,146, the winner of Ruidoso’s 2015 Mr Jess Perry Stakes that was bred by Ruidoso Jockey Club member Christine Hudson. If Ruidoso Jockey Club members are not going to be in Louisville to see the Kentucky Derby in person on the first Saturday in May this year, they can watch the big race and wager right here from the comfort of the club. Hopefully, Sonny and Suddenbreakingnews will be in Kentucky Running For The Roses!

Hudson Elected to Hall of Fame

On March 13 in Las Vegas, Ruidoso Jockey Club member Ben Hudson was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association’s Hall Of Fame. Hudson, who owns QUARTER HORSE TRACK Magazine with his wife Christine, founded TRACK in 1975 and for the last 42 years has seen it grow into the largest and most informative news source covering American Quarter Horse racing. A former president of the Texas Quarter Horse Association and a member of the Texas Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Hudson has served as a director of the American Quarter Horse Association since 1987. He received the AQHA’s Gordon Crone Award in 2002 and in 2013 received the AQHA Racing Council’s Special Achievement Award. He has also been honored by the Ruidoso Horseracing Hall Of Fame. One of the driving
forces behind the return of pari-mutual racing to Texas, Hudson was a founding partner in Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Texas Quarter Horse Association, Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association and Florida Quarter Horse Racing Association. At their ranch in Morgan Mill, Texas, the Hudsons keep a small band of Quarter Horse broodmares. In 2015, their breeding program was ranked among the nation’s top 15 in money earned and included One Fabulous Eagle, a winner of more than $500,000 who was second in the All American Futurity G1. Other recent black-type winners at Ruidoso from the Hudson breeding program include Eagle On The Fly, Whiteface Eagle and Cartels Last Straw. “We have been very blessed in this business,” said Hudson, who is one of just a handful of people who has seen every All American Futurity in person since 1972. “One of our many blessings is to be able to watch horses from our seats in the Ruidoso Jockey Club. In my opinion, there’s not a better place anywhere to watch horseracing!”